This project comprises of a robust governance structure for strategic implementation, management, oversight and advisory roles.


The Project steering committee (PSC)

This is the apex body that provides advisory and oversight roles to the project team, including the Project Management Unit, to ensure successful implementation and outcomes as laid out in the contractual documents and action description documents, and successful management of risks.

National Oversight and Coordination Committees (NOCCs)

There is a total of eight NOCCs in the project, one in each country of implementation. NOCCs provide strategic and policy advice to partners at the country level, review work plans and progress, and provide overall guidance regarding implementation of the project at country-level. NOCCs also support the project in identifying opportunities to create leverages and scaling up, improve project efficiency, effectiveness and impact.

The project management Unit, situated at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), comprises of the Principal Investigator, the project manager and finance and administrative support staff. PMU is responsible for day to day management of the project; and decision making on aspects designated to the grant coordinator by the donor.

The Country teams comprise of different combinations of international NGOs and appointed ICRAF country representatives in each country, working national and local governments to implement the project. They are critical for the overall implementation, coordination and generating impacts under the project. Country teams are supported technically by five ICRAF components/arms: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Land Degradation Dynamics (LDD), Stakeholder Approach to Risk Informed and Evidence Based Decision Making (SHARED), Design, techniques and Implementation (DTI) and Communications.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, hosted by GIZ, implements Component 1 of the project. This component aims at strengthening the capacities of national key stakeholders to assess the costs of land degradation and the economic benefits of investments in SLM. ELD works with several research partners, and the research findings and capacity strengthening is closely linked with the ICRAF/INGOS led components 2 & 3.

Steering Committee

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Ravi Prabhu

Principal Investigator

Susan Chomba

Project Manager


Mark Schauer

World Vision

Davis Wamawungo

CARE International

Inge Vianen


Gina Castillo


Olaf Westermann

Sahel Eco

Pierre Dembele